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Trade Winds Tripel - The Bruery

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Reviews: 339
Hads: 1,076
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 17.01%
Wants: 50
Gots: 160 | FT: 5
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.10% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bitterbill on 05-25-2008

Our Summer seasonal, Trade Winds Tripel is a Belgian-style Golden Ale with a Southeast Asian twist. Instead of using candi sugar (typical for such a beer), we use rice in the mash to lighten the body and increase the gravity, and spice with Thai Basil. The result is an aromatic, digestible and complex beer made for a lazy summer evening.

25 IBU
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Reviews: 339 | Hads: 1,076
Photo of chumba526
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

It appears hazy orange with a large off-white head.

It smells of mild peppery yeast, sweet citrus fruit. Mild sweet malt and it smells a bit floral as well.

It tastes initially quite white wine like. There is a slight lime like taste, a floral flavor and a bit of grainy rice like flavor. The lime flavor is very strong. I get a bit of a sweet fruity yeast flavor and a bit of a sweet fruity malt flavor as well. There is a bit of a sour bite to this beer. This is not as sweet as most tripels' that I have had. I enjoy that the sweetness of the ale is balanced by a mild tart flavor. This really does infuse Thai flavors with Belgian flavors. I wish I had some Thai food to eat with this.

The carbonation is moderate low. The mouth feel is rather thin.

The drinkability is great. It is a mild and smooth drinking beer that has a great balance to it. I could drink a few of these easy.

Overall a unique great refreshing beer that is packed full of flavor. This is a great fusion beer. It would go great with Thai food.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Really nice looking hazy golden color with a half finger of white head. Some lacing.

S: Light on the spice but big on the sweetness. Some hints of light fruit as well. Very nice. Really dense nose but it is hard to pick everything out.

T: Again the taste was quite complex. Lighter taste than most other tripels. It lacks that big sweetness that you associate with the style. The focus is more on the yeast and all the esters that it brings.

M: Very light for the style. Crisp and refreshing.

D: One of the most drinkable examples of the style that I have ever had. Went down very nicely and paired well with a variety of food.

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Photo of WesWes
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is outstanding! It has a wonderful citrus and farmhouse funk laid over a grist of pale malts. It's got excellent spice character as well. The taste is awesome as well. It has a smooth pale malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes with a shitload of Belgian yeast esters and a peppery spiciness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with maybe a touch too much CO2. This is a really nice beer with many layers of complexity. Well done!

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.26/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Bruery + tripel + thai basil + rice? Curiosity killed this cat, time to bust it open.

This tripel knows what it's doing, looks-wise, that's for sure. Thick, fluffy head looks like a snow drift and holds up like styrofoam floating on water. Color is a peachy sunset color, hazy with a zillion bubbles dancing inside. It's so absolutely gorgeous, I can only award it a 5 and no less.

Aroma is subtly fruity, with a mineral earthiness, mild spice character and definite contributions from the Thai basil. The basil element is really pleasant, but it doesn't dominate in any novel kind of way. In fact, nothing's out of whack one way or the other. Just very well balanced, if a little on the unassuming side.

One sip and I'm completely enthralled. A few more and I know I love this beer. To say there's a "creamsicle" character gives some kind of low-rent impression, and that's not good enough for a beer of this class. Still, it's got definite orange and sweet cream elements, and the basil lends a green, herbal, exotic note to the beer. Elsewhere there are more traditional tripel characteristics, like dirty/earthy yeast notes, a vibrant sweet-spice/tropical-fruit melange, crisp/bright hops, and a subtle flare of warmth from the alcohol. It's complex, and I seem to have a slightly different impression with each sip, but, wow, is it well balanced. Not too dry, with the basil and orange zest staying longest in the finish.

Mouth is vibrant, buoyant, airy, well-carbonated but also plenty smooth.

Like most tripels, it's one to take slowly, but also one that is about as balanced and welcoming as any tripel I've ever had. Wowee...or should I say: "Choc-tee!"

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.26/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A tripel with rice and thai basil, eh? Interesting. 750 mL bottle courtesy of G311. Pours a very hazy gold color with a large-bubbled off-white head. Fades pretty quick and a few patches of lace stick to the glass.

Nose is fantastic! Uniquely fruity, like a cranberry-mango chutney. Basil is there, but subtle. Light honey aroma melds with some grainy malt and alcohol. Hops are detectable and make this a complex sniffer, probably the best smelling tripel I have ever laid nostrils upon.

Smooth and extra-creamy mouthfeel is what strikes me first on this beer. Tropical fruits with an herbal accent on the flavor with a stiff bitterness and alcohol drying. Body is substantial and big for a tripel. Fruit levels take on the best from Belgium, impressive. Very nice brew, might be my favorite that I have had so far from The Bruery.

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Photo of almychristopher
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this beer pours a golden color with just a hint of amber the slightly off white head builds up to a towering rocky pinth. the aroma immediatley shows off the yeasts belgian pedigree, with the requisite banana clove esters and spice. the taste follows with the an array of lemon and spice... the thai basil brings a lot of spice to the dry finish. the medium body and high carbonation make the mouthfeel really nice on an all around good beer.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12/15/08- Purchased at Hi-Times in Costa Mesa, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle with no freshness info. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Golden-orange hued color with a huge four fingered large bubbled head. Lacing is somewhat chunky and definitely sticky and patchy.

Smell- A bit more outgoing would have made it very good. Some yeast properties, a light amount of corriander and a bit of confectioniers sugar. Also seems a bit bready.

Taste- This is one of the tripels you should drink at room temp, or at least close to it. Started out right out of the fridge and the true flavors didn't come out until the beer was over half gone. Gets really sweet, but is balanced by the light malted flavors. A nice hoppy bite to it as well. Corriander abounds with a little peppery spice.

Mouthfeel- Super carbonated at first, but settles down to about average towards the middle point. Nice fruity and somewhat hoppy aftertaste.

Drinkability- If you can remember to sit on the beer for about 20 minutes after you take it out of the fridge, you should be in for a treat.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle (aged for maybe 9 months) into my Bruery tulip glass.

This is a gorgeous beer - amber and orange liquid with golden poppy highlights - rendering the glass into a glowing orb backed by faint shadows. A tremendous billowing rocky head continues to grow slowly, until a foaming glacier towers well above the lip of the glass. After several minutes, it finally begins to recede leaving a funnel-web of seashell lacing behind. Energetic carbonation can be seen feeding the head from the bottom of the glass.

Fresh bread dough, sweet and peppery hints of basil, and lots of esters (banana and pear) in the nose. Rice is not usually an ingredient I welcome, but here it seems to add a nutty undertone (did they use basmati?).

White peach, white pepper, and mild honey, on the palate. Alcohol surfaces quietly, reminding me of a good white rum. Crackers, marshmallow, with hints of melon and more spice in the finish. Sweet overall but certainly not cloying. One of the best domestic Tripels I've had the pleasure of imbibing thus far - I was worried by the basil and rice that this would be a gimmick beer, but (maybe due to the age) I didn't find this to be the case at all.

Soft, effervescent, filling body. Slowly warming from the alcohol. Great with a meal, to share, or as a night-cap (maybe even more than Slaapmutske?).

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Photo of aasher
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a honey gold in color with good cloudiness and a three finger spongy white head. It is light to medium in body. The murkyness of this beer is pretty impressive. It smells of basil, spices, light spicy yeast, grains, and cloves. It's an interesting mix. It tastes of spicy yeast, citrus fruits, sweet bready malts, light peach cobbler. The aftertaste left me thinking of peach shortbread which was quite nice. This beer takes you to different points of the spectrum. It's quite good and very enjoyable and easy to drink. After the previous beer I tried, this is a godsend. It drinks very crisp and fresh (having been delivered last week). This is an impressive Tripel and one worthy trying.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I’ve been wanting to try this one for a while now. Cheers!

A: Burnt orange, translucent body with a tall, stark white head of foam. It takes minutes for the head to fall, leaving chunky lacing in its wake.

S: Built around central aromas of mandarin orange, apple juice, and pear, this nose seems wholly focused on fresh, summer-beer character. Belgian yeast settle in the background, supporting with notes of biscuit and light Caribbean spice (ginger and chili pepper, mostly).

T: Less spice, more fruit: an interesting take on the Belgian tripel. That succulent sweetness found in the nose plays a large part in this palate, each sip starting with a refreshing tangerine, guava, banana, and strawberry flavor. Supplemental flavors add to the poolside palate: lime rind and clove flavors bring in some bright dryness, while a soft doughiness from the yeast gives the fruit a base to contrast against. Finishes mild, with a lingering taste of doughy white bread; it’s very much in the vein of the more yeasty Belgians, and that inoffensive aftertaste makes it all the more drinkable.

M: What I’ve seen from the tripels and other Belgian pales that aren’t really out of Belgium is a feel that’s a bit off – a crisp carbonation on top of a watery body, like a bubbly pilsner or light sparkling wine. Sometimes that works, but it usually throws the whole experience off a bit. Here, though, we have a tripel with some texture, a beer that covers the tongue in that creamy way only an unfiltered beer can. That, plus the subtly frothy carbonation, makes for a drinkable beer that feels very traditional.

O: Trade Winds is a beer that’s in no way flashy or over-the-top; on the contrary, it’s balanced and drinkable, something that’s kind of odd when it comes to a tripel. Where’s the racing black pepper, the spice? From just the first sip, you can tell that’s not what they’re after; in the end, what you get is a refreshing summertime beer that just happens to share a yeast strain with a Belgian that’s historically spicy. And as far as bright and cheery beer goes, these guys nailed it.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours an opaque yellowish orange. Nice white head. Solid retention level. Excellent lacing.

S: wonderful aromas. Sweet honey notes, light fruit notes, very mellow due to the rice. Big spices in the nose.

T: wonderful tripel flavors. Honey, sweet fruity malts, spices. Light hints of the thai basil.

M: medium bodied. Big carbonation level. Crisp and smooth for the style.

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Photo of donniecuffs
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just had this a few weeks back at the Gotham Cask Festival. Poured a hazy gold, with less than a finger of bright white head, and poor lacing. The smell yielded banana, lemon, bubble gum, clove, coriander, hay, and yeast. The taste confirmed this, with the fruit flavors hitting big at first, and the spices lingering throughout and into the aftertaste. Fairly well-hidden alcohol. Very thin mouthfeel, and not as spritzy as one would come to expect from a tripel, but the cask likely had a lot to do with this. If not for the alcohol content, this would session well.

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Photo of number1bum
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to my buddy BeerTruth for this one. You're a good man; sometimes.

Upon popping the cap on this one there is a hiss of carbonation that lets me know this might be a bit of a gusher. A slow, careful pour reveals a somewhat cloudy copper color with a foamy off-white head that does fill the glass rather quickly. There is quite literally a tornado of bubbles swirling in the base of the tulip and shooting their way to the top. Head does retain quite well and leaves a nice amount of stick.

Smell at first isn't terribly pleasant, as it's a bit soapy and buttery. The buttery aroma - like Werthers candy - sticks around, but the soapy one seems to go away. There is some fruit going on here too - apples, pear, bit of citrus, and some nice yeast characteristics, but the aroma overall is a bit messy, although it does improve as it warms.

Taste starts off with some candi sugar sweetness and some fruit - pears and apples. This is more like it. There is some earthy yeast, bit of peppery spice, an overall musty quality to it as well. Also some ginger, and a flash of alcohol now and again. There is also an herbal character here, and a just a bit of bitterness which along with some pepper lingers on the palate through the finish. This is quite complex. It finishes quite dry, and the overcarbonation doesn't distract too much but does take away from the creaminess of it just a bit.

The initial aroma turned me off a bit, but as it warmed that off-smell went away, and as I got well into my glass I really found this wearing on me. Very complex and tasty. Not as sweet as some tripels, and on the dry side, but a very fine beer. This is a definite winner, and the best of The Bruery beers I've had so far. Pick it up.

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Photo of Leeshee
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Burnt orange w creamsicle-colored, three-finger head.

S- Smells like Seville oranges, funky yeast, vanilla, sugar and herbs.

M- Highly carbonated. Not heavy or light. Just right. Not syrupy.

T- Tastes vanilla-minty rather than like Thai basil up front, with a slight fresh basil aftertaste. To me it tastes like my bitter Seville/ blood orange marmalade with the slightest hint of Thai spices like cardamom at the end. Classic tripel flavor attributes in the background but not heavy on spices. It makes me want to brew beer instead of making jam! Or even put thai basil and cardamom into my marmalade!

O- This is a complexly flavored but well balanced brew. Very elegant and super drinkable. Wouldn't change a thing other than the weather in which I'm drinking this (it's winter.)

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Photo of dfillius
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter

A: Gentle pour yields 2.5 fingers of off-white pillowy head with excellent retention. Chill hazy dark straw gold liquid is pretty. This is the darker side of Tripels I'd say.

S: Banana, clove, Belgian sweet spice. Very Tripel. Some dusty funk, overall very fruity.

T: Nice light Belgian fruitiness followed by some undefined sweetness, maybe caramelly. Goes well with roasted ratatouille dinner. Estery Alcohol makes a showing later on but doesn't overwhelm.

M: A bit too foamy. Gentle and bright. Some heat. Foam is too fluffy in my mouth and is therefore unpleasant.

D: Good. I do want another and would buy again.

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Photo of smurder187
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thoroughly enjoyed this Belgian at American Craft in Brookline, MA while it was on tap. Great marks all around for this brew. Arriving in front of me with a rich gold color and thin white head, the scent was an enticing blend of spices. With my first sip I loved the clove-like, smooth flavor and feel. It mellowed into a second flavor that was much more citrusy and lasted freshly for quite a while after. It was very smooth, refreshing summer evening drink that greatly complimented my burger with gorgonzola.

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Photo of lovindahops
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bruery beer on tap. Very interested so I figured to give it a try

A- a light orange with a clear appearance on the body of the brew. No foam or lacing on the brew except for some thin foam receding to the edges.

S- very serious banana and bready yeast flavors that have that slight basil theme on the ending. Good flavorful scent on the brew with the combination of fruit and yeast. I'm enjoying it

T- getting some more fruit like mango is at the forefront. The herbal and spicy components are at the forefront with the basil. A flavored candy taste is all over the final tasting of the brew. Very unique and enjoyable at the same time

M- carbonation and slightly stinging flavor on the tongue. Expected for a tripel.

O- really enjoyed this interpretation of a tripel from the bruery. With the fresh grassy note combined with the herbal aspect, this is big time appreciated

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a nice, slightly cloudy deep yellow with a nice white 1/4 inch head and some light lacing

S: A yeasty, grainy presence with light banana, cloves and hint of light citrus

T: Nice and refreshing come to mind. Nice little clove presence upfront with banana, apple and some very light citrus. It is dry, crisp and a bit sweet. Very light bitterness with backseat hay.

M: Medium bodied with lingering bite, carbonation is a tweak high i felt but loads of taste are left on the palate

O: Very good

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Photo of jnn4v
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured slowly from the 750ml bottle into a belgian-style glass. Ended up with huge, white, foamy head (slightly more than half the glass). The beer itself is a slightly hazy orange color. No sediment yet, but there's still a little beer in the bottom of the bottle.

S: Interesting and complex. Spices and citrus seem to blend here. There are definitely more things going on, but I can't quite identify them. The bottle says it's ideally served at 45 degrees, but I'm guessing it'd show even more complexity as it warms.

T: Marzipan, cracked pepper, banana, orange all come to mind with just the first two sips. Wow. So very tasty and complex. Possibly my favorite tasting Tripel-style beer to-date.

M: Lots of tiny bubbles remain even after all the head had died down (roughly 3-5 minutes after pouring). Very full mouthfeel and appropriate for its style.

D: Excellent flavors make me want to come back, but the ABV and the 750ml size definitely limit me to one bottle, if not half shared with a friend.

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Photo of DrFayhee
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear golden color with foamy head and minimal lacing.
B: Grassy with some soapy basil smells.
T: Starts out quite clean, almost like a pilsner but then finishes with a buttery nutty (almond?) flavor.
M: Nice medium carbonation and body. Pretty crisp and smooth with a little oiliness on the finish.
O: Really pleasant - not too sweet and with some variation in the flavor through the bottle.

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Photo of DonDirkA
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The nose has notes of white pepper, coriander, Belgian yeast, rice, sweet basil, pineapple, lemon and a heavy back of breadiness. The taste is very sweet but in a delicious way. Pineapple, tropical fruit, coconut, lemon, basil, white pepper, turbinado sugar and bready notes. Medium body, nice carbonation, creamy but somewhat effervescent mouthfeel. This is like a really good classic Belgian-style tripel but instead of hops there is a very sweet, floral basil taste and instead of candi sugars there is a great rice backbone.

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Photo of Zach136
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Light hazy yellow, nice white head, good lacing.

Aroma: Light fruity yeast character with some slight earthyness i attribute to the thai basil.

Flavor/Mouthfeel: Earthy spice, with a zip reminiscent of lemon and ginger. Light bodied, very refreshing.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: straw colored, hazy. Huge frothy white head.
Smell: sweeter than I expected. Expected a more prominent spice from all the spice additions. Nevertheless the spices make a nice undercurrent to the malty, sweetness.
Taste: very nice. The spices are really assertive in the finish. Nothing too heavy handed, a nice complex finish.
Overall: tried this on a whim expecting a decent but maybe mediocre beer. Very nice surprise. Also surprising how refreshing this is.

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Photo of zoso1967
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a orangish light amber color with a head that is slightly yellow cast white. The head is super pillowy and soft looking. It has wonderful retention and leaves some serious lace on my chalice.

The aroma is very nice with a fruity and spicy character. Pear, tart apple, white pepper, coriander, a touch of clove and just a hint of basil. I was kind of worried the basil would overpower in this brew, but luckily it appears they used it to compliment the normal tripel traits. The more I smell this beer, the more the basil seems to blend in, transforming the other aromas into something very unique.

The flavor is very nice, and not quite like any other tripel I have had. It has plenty of spicy yeast character with notes of pepper, clove and coriander. It also has a nice orchard fruitiness to it that is similar to the aroma. The basil seems to come through more in the flavor for me and has a fresh, almost minty character to it. It mingles well with the other flavors of the beer, and makes a pretty enjoyable flavor profile. In fact, it almost has a sort of funky flavor to it, though I don't believe any wild yeast was used. Very interesting. The malt character of this beer is pretty plain, but that may well be the result of the rice they used in brewing.

The mouthfeel is medium and fairly spiky on the tongue, but in an invigorating and enjoyable way. This beer finishes extremely well with slightly spicy and minty character lingering on the palate.

This is by far the most drinkable tripel I have ever had, probably thanks to the rice used in the recipe. It is far from a classic example, but truth be told I am not a huge tripel fan so I really enjoyed their departure from the norm.

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Photo of clarkm04
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Hazy deep amber color. Nice clean white head retention. Medium carbonation

Smell - Complex nose with a slight straw note along with fruit notes and some very unique spices

Taste- The front end of the beer is typical Tripel with a nice complex character followed by a unique back end where the Asian spices kick in. The Asian spice flavor notes are very subtle. The basil is present but very balanced with the rest of the beer. A very clean, dry finish. One of the better Tripels and certainly one of the most unique. A really appreciate the complexity and uniqueness of this beer.

Mouthfeel- Very smoth with a slight citrus note

Drinkability- Very high. I feel cursed for only having one bottle.

Overall - Outstanding. I would highly recommend this beer to anyone. What a fun, outstanding, and complex beer to drink.

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Trade Winds Tripel from The Bruery
88 out of 100 based on 339 ratings.